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May 17, 2014

Thrills, Spills and Giggles: Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo means good times

JACKSONVILLE —

Time is running out to witness heart-pounding action, western pageantry at its best and a funny man's funny man — rodeo clown, Cody Sosebee — right here in Jacksonville.

The 52nd edition of the Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo will wrap up its three-night run at 7 p.m. this evening at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena.

Don't have tickets? No worry.

Plenty of good seats in all price ranges are still available and can be purchased at the gate.

From the water cooler, to the school hallways to shed rows and restaurants, the talk of the town on Friday was Tops In Texas Rodeo as a near-capacity crowd packed into the facility, courtesy of Trail to Christ Cowboy Church who provided complimentary tickets to everyone.

Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's variety of livestock proved to be enjoying the cooler temperatures that rolled into the area just in time for Thursday's opening night installment.

The rough stock didn't disappoint as the bulls and the broncs did exactly what they were bred to do — to plant cowboys into the moist-brown dirt of the rodeo arena.

The livestock definitely ruled the night on Thursday with Miami, Okla. cowboy Guthrie Murry's 78 being the top score of the three qualified rides in the always-exciting bull riding competition.

Kyle Brennecke (Grain Valley, Mo.) made the most of his re-ride option in bareback when he was awarded a score of 80.

Wacey Hathcock out of Hampton, Ark topped out with an 80 to take the early lead in saddle bronc riding.

Turning to the ladies, Liz Combs' 16.10 turned out to be the fastest time around the tins on Thursday as Combs, who barrel raced collegiately at Sam Houston State University, set the pace for the weekend in fine fashion.

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